ISTANBUL ARCHEOLOGY MUSEUMS

Classical building of Istanbul Archeology Museums is a building constructed as museum building in the last period of Ottoman Empire. It takes place among the first 10 museums designed and constructed as museum buildings. The architecture of the building is Alexandre Vallaury. The founder and the first director is Osman Hamdi Bey, the artist, archaeologist and museologist. The first part of the museum building was completed in 1891 while the south and north wings were completed in 1903 and 1907.  Istanbul Archeology Museums take place among the most significant museums of the world with its collection including more than 1 million works.

Masonry construction, one of the best samples of neoclassical architecture was constructed with stone-covered brick walls and joist furnishing and covered with brick-coated rip roof. Ornaments on the facades and monumental stance draw attention. Two entrances reached by the staircases on the front facade are separated by four columns. Cufic text of “Old Works Museum” in Ottoman Turkish and signature of II. Abdulhamid take place on the pediment of the entrance in 

Strengthening works were realized against the seismic risks on the construction within the scope of the restoration works. Bearing capacity of all walls, columns and furnishers were increased in this system. Repair of authentic door and windows cuts, roof repair, cleaning and repair in stone facade covers, removal of the non-qualified additions, emphasizing the authentic details and adornment elements were completed.  Works for ceiling and furnishing are still under progress. Implementation of the exhibition and organization projects designed in a contemporary and simple style has been realized in compliance with the identity of the museum and collection. Works for showcase, bedplate, graphic panel, glass panel, furniture, stageorgraphy and multimedia have been realized for exhibition and organization within the scope of the projects. The works are realized part by part so that the museums do not require to be closed fully to the guests.


  • Location:
    Fatih / İstanbul
  • Date:
    2017 - 2020
  • Administration - Employer:
    T.R Ministry of Culture Istanbul Directorate of Surveying and Monuments
  • Category:
    Müzeler- Kültürel Yapılar